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REFIT & REFURBISHMENT 070 WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR PRIDE AND JOY, THE COST AND COMPLEXITY OF REVAMPING IT POSE THE ETERNAL QUESTIONS OF TIME, BUDGET AND INCLINATION. IS WHAT CONSTITUTES "NEW" PURELY SUBJECTIVE? JENI BONE EXPLORES. GOOD AS NEW At one prominent yard well suited for refit work, Sydney City Marine, the team advises clients on options for their refits, whether that's a regular revamp or a major structural overhaul. "We advise them on what is necessary to fulfil their brief," says John Hickey, Customer Sales Manager at Sydney City Marine. "We can't dictate a job though, it's governed by a client's budget and the level they want to take their boat." When it comes to renovating to sell, yachts, says Hickey, are like houses. "People, and by people I mean women much of the time, look for the main areas to be modern and tasteful. We recommend not doing major structural work -- you don't get your money back. Just tart it up ready to sell, unless of course your yacht is un-sailable, in which case you're going to have to invest more or accept a lot less." Looks count and brands that boast good looks as part of their hallmark appeal, need to be "neat and tidy and up to a checklist that other yachts of the same calibre would have". "It's a good idea to contact a reputable broker for an appropriate checklist of features that a comparable yacht in your price range and brand should have and so you can compare your boat with others on the market, then decide what you can spend to take it up to that level", says Hickey. Mark Ali, national sales manager at Ensign Ship Brokers, says regular maintenance is a vital factor on keeping your yacht spick and span, whether you're planning to sell or not. "Maintenance is a lot more than changing the oil and painting the bottom of the boat!" he declares. "Even if you're going to keep your boat, most people don't do the required maintenance on their vessel because they often don't know what's involved until there's a problem. They might think $500 or so a year is a lot, but it's worth it compared to a problem miles offshore, being towed in and the cost of massive repair or replacement." Ali reels off a list that is slightly intimidating, though essential: "When it's out of the water you need to check the skegs, all the through- hull fittings, the shaft seals on the shaft from the engine to the propeller as there can be movement there or the shafts start to close up, or there might not be enough lubrication. Logically enough, a thorough check of your boat's steering is essential, whether manual, cable operated or via hydraulic lines that can and do have leaks in them." "Also, check whether the anti- foul has been done professionally or by hand, rather than having it sandblasted back to remove previous layers of anti-foul, which of course impacts on the sailing performance of the yacht. "The standing rigging and the condition of your sails are also both important to check and maintain to retain a yacht's value. The standard and currency of your marine electronics age a boat terribly in terms of navigation and integration. Instrumentation is all about integration today, with i-pod ports and even wi-fi aboard becoming expected. Fortunately, technology is advancing at such a rate that electronics and entertainment systems are accessible and in many cases, easily upgraded. "A lot of it is simply plug and play," says Ali. All these daunting facets, the underbelly of yachts and yacht ownership certainly become evident in a marine survey. "They are the things owners don't notice which can become quite costly if you don't maintain them." As far as rejuvenating a yacht's technology goes, Ali says, "it's pretty subjective". What's a "you-beaut" innovation to one person is too small for others, or not required at all. The on board 42" flat screen TV could be lavish for one owner, while a retractable screen with projector is the "duck's nuts" for another, he says. "How much you spend on bringing your yacht back to new depends on the age of the boat, what it's being used for, whether that's cruising, twilight and social racing or ocean racing." Another refit authority is Graham Eaton who has been around sailboats most of his life. He undertook his Shipwright apprenticeship in the 1970's and by 1980 was working on yachts at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club. "Scooter", as he's known by one and all at the Gold Coast City Marina where he's been plying his trade for 13 years, is a specialist at bringing yachts back from the brink, having worked on everything from superyachts to dinghies over his REPAIRS BY REMOTE Sydney City Marine's remote controlled travel- lifts are world class yard technology.
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